WELCOME TO THE COBELL SCHOLARSHIP

Learn more about the availability of Cobell Scholarship funds, deadlines, eligibility and all related forms necessary to complete the application process as administered by Indigenous Education, Inc.

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ABOUT THE COBELL SCHOLARSHIP

Indigenous Education, Inc. promotes The Cobell Scholarship’s goal to provide applicants and inquirers with the most beneficial information regarding this carefully established scholarship opportunity.

Our History

Learn more about the history behind the Cobell vs. Salazar litigations and the ultimate example of unwavering dedication, hard work and victory against all odds.

Elouise Cobell

In 1996, banker Elouise Cobell became the lead plaintiff in a class action suit, demanding back payment and better accounting on Individual Indian Money Accounts managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Thirteen years later, the federal government settled for $3.4 billion, the largest settlement in U.S. history.

MEET THE COBELL SCHOLARSHIP ADMINISTRATOR, INDIGENOUS EDUCATION, INC.

The Cobell Scholarship is administered by Indigenous Education, Inc. whose growing staff of individuals are committed to the overall success of the program and each awarded recipient.

Melvin Monette-Barajas

Melvin Monette-Barajas President

Bridget Neconie

Bridget Neconie Director of Scholarships

Cara Thunder

Cara Thunder Director of Student Engagement

TBA – OFFICE MANAGER

RECIPIENT EXPERIENCES

  • I am graduating in May from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. I am very thankful for all the support received from the Cobell Scholarship while obtaining my degree. The Cobell Scholarship has helped tremendously in my academic success and assisted in achieving my goal. I am a first generation college student; and with me about to receive my degree I feel that I am helping pave the way for other Native youth in my community.

    April Davis(web)
    April Davis
  • I will be graduating Summa Cum Laude this semester with a BS in Public Service and Public Policy w/ an emphasis in American Indian Studies and obtaining a certificate for Leadership and Ethics from the college of Public Service and Community Solutions. I intend on returning in the Spring of 16'-17' to obtain a concurrent MPA and MS in American Indian Studies. I'm presently working fulltime as a fire captain for so my hands are pretty busy.

    K.Sanderson(web)
    K. Sanderson

MEET OUR STUDENTS

Indeed there is strength in numbers and here is a look at some past and present strong recipients of the Cobell Scholarship. To suggest a student profile, email scholarships@cobellscholar.org.

Student Profiles

I am graduating in May from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. I am very thankful for all the support received from the Cobell Scholarship while obtaining my degree. The Cobell Scholarship has helped tremendously in my academic success and assisted in achieving my goal. I am a first generation college student; and with me about to receive my degree I feel that I am helping pave the way for other Native youth in my community.

I will be graduating Summa Cum Laude this semester from Arizona State University with a BS in Public Service and Public Policy w/ an emphasis in American Indian Studies and obtaining a certificate for Leadership and Ethics from the college of Public Service and Community Solutions. I intend on returning in the Spring of 16′-17′ to obtain a concurrent MPA and MS in American Indian Studies. I’m presently working full-time as a fire captain so my hands are pretty busy.”

Scholar Data

COBELL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

The Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any full-time and degree-seeking American Indian or Alaska Native post-secondary (after high school) student attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution while pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, professional degree or certificate. All applicants must demonstrate an unmet need as indicated below.

Below you will find the two (2) required forms that must be completed, submitted to their respective offices and returned to the Cobell Scholarship by the posted deadline(s).

In addition, all applicants must be prepared to upload a PDF version of their collective and most recent transcript(s) to the online Cobell Scholarship application.

Application questions can be submitted at the bottom of this webpage.

* Note: applications for descendants are being accepted and funding consideration is pending.


Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) – to be submitted to the institution financial aid office

Cobell Scholarship Financial Needs Analysis  When the form is processed, applicants will receive an email that the “FNA” has been received and processed.


Tribal Eligibility Form (TEF) – to be submitted to the enrollment office of the applicant’s affiliated tribe

Cobell Scholarship Tribal Enrollment Form When the form is processed, applicants will receive an email that the “TEF” has been received and processed.


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RESOURCEFUL LINKS

Many online resources are available and the Director of Student Engagement will work to continuously compile and maintain this list of some favorite links that can provide applicants with the most helpful information possible.

To suggest resources for this page, email information to scholarships@cobellscholar.org.

Financial Aid Resources


Federal Student Aid – Find out how to complete the FAFSA and maintain your federal student aid profile.  Great resources for families as well as individual students.

The American Indian College Fund – The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to students attending Tribal College and University students, and undergraduate and graduate students attending any other accredited public and non-profit private college all across the United States.

The American Indian Graduate Center – The AIGC provides scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at accredited institutions as full-time, degree-seeking students.

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society – AISES provides scholarships to students and provides so much more in student leadership, mentorship, involvement and service.

Scholarship Opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students is a resources page maintained by the federal Bureau of Indian Education.

Testing for College and Graduate School


The PSAT and SAT are administered by the College Board

The ACT suite of products and services can be found here

GRE – the Graduate Record Exam

LSAT – the Law School Admissions Test is administered by the Law School Admissions Council

MCAT – the Medical College Admission Test is administered by the Association of Medical Colleges.

PCAT – the Pharmacy College Admission Test is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges.

DCAT – the Dental College Admission Test is administered by the American Dental Association.

Other Resource Links


COLLEGE HORIZONS – is a pre-college program for Native American high school students open to current sophomores and juniors.  Each summer students work with college counselors and college admissions officers in a five-day “crash course.”  The individualized program helps students select colleges suitable for them to apply to, get admitted to, and receive adequate financial aid. Students research their top 10 schools; complete college essays, resumes, the Common Application, and the preliminary FAFSA; receive interviewing skills and test-taking strategies (on the ACT and SAT) and financial aid/scholarship information.

GRADUATE HORIZONS – a four-day workshop for Native college students, college graduates, and master’s students in preparing for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or professional school).

BIG FUTURE is a program of the College Board designed to help students track their own path to college and career.

Study Public Health, Change the World – find out if Public Health is for you

The public health profession cuts across many different disciplines. Use the SOPHAS Academic Program Finder to search degree programs from over 80 schools and programs.

Contact us at your convenience

The Cobell Scholarship Team is available to address any questions or concerns regarding the scholarship process or other related inquiries. Simply complete and submit the form below.

Indigenous Education, Inc.
The Cobell Scholarship
PO Box 26837
Albuquerque NM 87125

+1.651.357.7393 or +1.510.459.7045

scholarships@cobellscholar.org

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